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14 Reasons We’re Sweet on Small Business

February 12, 2016

Small businesses are the heart of America’s economy. This Valentine’s Day, the SBA is sending small business owners this...

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Statistics for Valentine's Day

February 12, 2016

Expressing one’s love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s.

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Next STEP for Exporting

February 11, 2016

96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. SBA has the tools to help your company reach into these new markets beyond the border and grow your customer base. It’s time to...

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How to Become a Street Vendor

February 11, 2016

Everyone has seen a street vendor at some point and many of us have purchased from him or her. Consider for a moment self-employment and the opportunity to work outdoors with a schedule that is...

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Smart Cities Infrastructure is an important step in solving India’s water challenges

February 11, 2016

Guest blog post by Steven Leung, Senior Vice President and President, Emerging Markets, Xylem

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Depositing Your Employees’ Withholdings

February 11, 2016

As an employer, when you withhold income taxes or other funds from employees’ paychecks, you’re obligated to apply the funds appropriately in a timely manner. If you fail to do so, you can be...

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What is Lean Start-up Methodology and is it a Tool for More Small Business Owners?

February 10, 2016

The traditional business plan has many virtues; and the common thinking is that by prompting the new entrepreneur to initially consider all the components of a successful business operation, from...

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Hannover Messe: An Opportunity to Select the USA as a Partner for Future Trade and Investment Endeavors

February 10, 2016

The following is a cross-post from trade.gov
By John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

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U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews Visits IBM Customer Service Center in Delhi

February 10, 2016

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews participated yesterday in an interactive tour at IBM’s Customer Experience Center in Delhi as part of this week’s Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development trade mission.

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Creditworthiness: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Small Business Owners

February 09, 2016

Whether we like it or not, access to credit is an essential part of running a small business, but being considered creditworthy can be a challenge. According to Credit Karma, more than 75% of...

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